LOS ANGELES -- In the latest round of legal wrangling between two local governments in California, Ventura County was told last week by an appellate court that $48,391 of penalties it collected on delinquent Mello-Roos special taxes must be returned to the city of Camarillo.

The Second Appellate District Court of Appeal said Thursday that Ventura County violated state law when it placed penalties collected on delinquent Mello-Roos special taxes into the county's general fund.

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